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create a scene
To create a loud, typically angry disturbance or display in public, such that it draws attention to those involved. Robert created a scene in the store when they refused to refund him for the broken television. My parents always create a scene with their fighting wherever we go.
cause (quite) a stirand cause a commotion
to cause people to become agitated; to cause trouble in a group of people; to shock or alarm people. When Bob appeared without jacket and tie, it caused a stir at the state dinner. The dog ran through the church and caused quite a commotion.
create a stink (about something)and make a stink (about something); raise a stink (about something)
Fig. to make a major issue out of something; to make much over something; to make a lot of complaints and criticisms about something. Tom created a stink about Bob's remarks. Why did he make a stink about that? Tom is always trying to raise a stink.
create an uproarand make an uproar
to cause an outburst or sensation. The dog got into church and made an uproar. Her poodle created an uproar in the restaurant.
make a sceneand create a scene
Fig. to make a public display or disturbance. When John found a fly in his drink, he started to create a scene. Oh, John, please don't make a scene. Just forget about it.
make a scene
to be loud and rude with other people or in public My father made a scene, then raced upstairs, slamming the door so hard that the window broke.
cause a stiralso create a stir
to cause unusual interest or excitement Rufus was arguing with his older daughter about her boyfriend, and it caused a stir in the family.
Usage notes: often used with quite for emphasis: Her latest novel has created quite a stir.
cause/create a stir
to cause a lot of interest and excitement Emma caused quite a stir in her little black dress last night.
make a scene
Also, create a scene; make an uproar. Make a public disturbance or excited emotional display. For example, Joan made a scene when the restaurant lost her dinner reservation, or Ted made an uproar over losing his luggage. Make a scene was first recorded in 1831; the variant employs uproar in the sense of "a noisy commotion," a usage first recorded in 1548.